East central Indiana now has a new place to enjoy hiking in the woods. Red-tail Land Conservancy recently celebrated the grand opening to the public of Fall Creek Woods.
Located in Henry County south of Middletown, Indiana, Fall Creek Woods is a 143-acre nature preserve. The new property expands the wildlife habitat and creates public access to Red-tail’s Indiana dedicated state nature preserve, Smith-Crisler Preserve.
Towering old trees, steep bluffs, meandering creeks, and birdsong will greet you as you hike the trail and experience this natural gem. Sit and soak in the beauty of the woods on a bench overlooking a glacier carved bluff. Visitors can experience many stages of growth of an Indiana forest, from young trees to older relics.
Red-tail and the communities of east central Indiana are indebted to the Bicentennial Nature Trust, the Indiana Heritage Trust, the Henry County Community Foundation, and the Muncie, Delaware County Community Foundation. Fall Creek Woods is the first land conservation project in Indiana where two community foundations partnered to preserve a local natural asset.
This preserve permanently protects not only a scenic property but also wildlife habitat and an important waterway, Fall Creek. We hope you will enjoy the half-mile loop trail through the woods, and continue to visit throughout the seasons.
Red-tail’s work of protecting and preserving special places like Fall Creek Woods can only be accomplished with financial supporters and volunteers. Visit www.fortheland.org/get-involved to become a member, volunteer, learn about our other nature preserves, and support land conservation in east central Indiana.